Cooking Brings People Together.
Cooking gives us not just the meal but also the occasion and the practice of being together at an appointed time and place, sitting down to common meals, making eye contact, sharing food makes us more social and civil. The shared meal is not a small thing to me. It is a foundation of family life, the place where our children learn the art of conversation and habits of civilization: sharing, listening, taking turns, etc.
Cooks get to put their hands on real stuff, not just keyboards and screens, but fundamental things like plants, animals, and fungi. They get to work with the primal elements: fire and water, earth and air.
Cooking has always been a part of my life. I’m extremely lucky to have such a supportive and loving family. My mother and sisters love to cook most every night and made such delicious meals while I was growing up. Even today, when we get together, it’s always about food, hospitality, and being together. It’s a never ending celebration.
Everywhere I travel I want to learn about the local cuisine, reinvent techniques, and find substitute local ingredients for my clients. This simplifies the recipes so that they are more user friendly.
I’m self-taught and I find no rules to cooking. So be creative, make it the way you like it, spice it up to your flavor, and season the food to your taste.